Spring is finally here! And not only is the warmer weather an inspiration to get outside and be more active, it’s also an important time of year for food. It’s the season for planting… and planning. Which is why now is the time of year to plan ahead and take action if you want to save money on groceries this year while getting the freshest local fruits & veggies on your plate.
How do you do this?
- “Community Supported Agriculture” is a way to get fresh produce directly from a local farm, saving you money while also encouraging you and your family to enjoy an abundance of fresh, healthy, delicious fruits & vegetables.
- Here’s how it works: you buy a share in that farm during the planting season (now) and then enjoy a share of the harvest each week during the growing season (generally late May thru late October).
- Many farms also offer unlimited “U-Pick” on certain things you can pick yourself: strawberries, snap peas, wildflowers, herbs, etc.
- Some farms also ask that you commit to a few hours of helping out on the farm sometime that year.
- If you’re not ready for a full share, most farms also offer a split or half share… or you can team up with another family on your own to split the cost (and the harvest!)
Bottom line: our local CSA farms are now accepting purchases of shares for the 2015 growing season, but you’ll need to act soon to reserve your share! Look up local CSAs online at www.localharvest.org to find one that’s right for you.
Not ready for the commitment? Then try shopping at your local Farmer’s Market this year, instead of getting your veggies trucked in to the supermarket from out-of-state & around the world. Not only will you save some money and support your local economy, you’ll help the environment!
Very few of us these days grow our own food. This year, show your support for local farmers and consider getting your produce directly from them. Teach your children about the importance of farming & take them to visit a working farm. Whether you decide to join a CSA or just shop at your local Farmers Market, you’ll be glad you did!